M. Night Shyamalan Is Wrong: Trees Are Good for You 

Science has quantified what poets have known for eons.

Despite what M. Night Shyamalan suggested in his tree-based horror film The Happening, scientists have proven that proximity to trees is as much of a boost to your health as being seven years younger or making $10,000 more a year.

The study, conducted by the University of Chicago’s Mark Berman and Omid Kardan, sought to quantify how trees in urban neighborhoods affect physical and psychological health, using the health records of 30,000 Toronto residents and 530,000 trees.

According to Berman, “having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being seven years younger.”

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